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PCC Cinema Program Presents Student Film Festival June 20, 2009Film Festival 2009

The annual Pasadena City College Film Festival was held on June 20. "The year-end celebration of cinema, and our student filmmakers’ hard work,” said Lindsey Mark Jang, director of the PCC cinema program in the Visual Arts and Media Studies Division.
The festival screened about two-dozen short films selected by the cinema faculty. Members of the audience had the opportunity to vote for an “Audience Favorite.” Awards were presented at a reception for the filmmakers at end of the screening.
“This is a great opportunity for the Pasadena-area community to be treated to some great cinematic entertainment. It’s great for the students to experience the reaction of a new, live audience to their films,” Jang said.
“These student filmmakers showcase maximum creativity despite minimal resources,” said Alex Kritselis, dean of the Visual Arts and Media Studies Division. “It’s an untapped source of filmmaking talent that could be a wellspring of creative opportunities for the motion picture industry.”

 

 

 

 

PCC Cinema Student Wins At Intercollegiate Film Fest 2008Film Festival 2008

Pasadena City College cinema student James Allred created Final Vinyl to make people laugh. And laugh they did at the 2nd annual Los Angeles Intercollegiate Film Festival, where Allred’s short film took home the Audience Choice Award after its Nov. 19 screening at Laemmle’s Monica 4 Theatres in Santa Monica.
“I was over the moon that it was the audience favorite,” said Allred, 48, of Montebello. “Somewhere along the 25th viewing—not counting hundreds of views when going through the editing process—you lose the initial excitement. But to hear it being enjoyed by a fresh crowd was great.”
Cinema Program Director Lindsey Jang wasn’t shocked that Allred won the accolade.
“I could feel the positive response from the audience as they were watching,” said Jang, who selected the films PCC submitted to the festival.
Allred’s six-and-a-half-minute film focuses on twentysomething protagonist Eugene, who is forced to choose between his loves: his beautiful fiancée and his collection of nearly 8,000 vinyl albums.
“Both characters have a legitimate position: his position is that the records are collectibles, but her position is that technology is your friend, and you can put all your music on an iPod and not have the clutter,” Allred said. “In some ways, very timely.
“The thing discovers during the back-and-forth is that it’s not about the records, it’s about compatibility.”
Five other Pasadena City college student films were screened at the festival, which united the best from four Los Angeles-area community college cinema programs, host Santa Monica College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College, and PCC.
Andrea Arubata’s Resin, a moving documentary about the filmmaker’s best friend illuminating the challenges of modern young women; Eli Baiza’s How We Do…, in which a young mute boy teeters between the pressures of his dying mother and his self-destructive father; Alberto Galeana’s Color Bars, about a man’s ingenious invention that finds him both love and trouble; Postcards, Sonia Megerdichian’s tale of a young woman mistakenly caught in a Bosnian refugee camp struggling towards safety and a new start; and Rebecca Ramage’s Continuum, in which a man and woman are puzzled and delighted by an aberration in the space-time continuum, rounded out the PCC delegation.
Baiza’s film was also screened at the International Student Short Film Festival of Hollywood on Nov. 14.
“ student filmmakers showcase maximum creativity with minimal resources,” Visual Arts & Media Studies division dean Alex Kritselis said. “It’s an untapped source of filmmaking talent that could be a wellspring of creative opportunities for the motion picture industry.”
Allred’s film was produced for his Fall 2007 Film 26C Advanced Filmmaking class.
“There’s a certain spontaneity and energy you get from short films short under limited conditions,” Allred said. “You don’t really have a lot of time to overthink it. You’re going on instinct.”
Jang said Allred’s success is a testament to both Allred and PCC’s program, one of several “unsung filmmaking programs at community colleges throughout the city.
“It just shows that it’s possible to do great work wherever you are if you have enough encouragement,” Jang said.
Allred’s film had also won Best of Show in the 3C Media Solutions Student Film and Video Festival in March.
Allred, who works full-time for the County of Los Angeles Public Library, has taken film classes sporadically at PCC for four years. He is finishing his film certificate via night classes.
“Film had always been an interest of mine. I settled into a nine-to-five job, but never really went away. It wasn’t until several years ago that I took a beginning film class at PCC and got the bug. Now the trick is to find out how to make movies on an ongoing basis and still keep my day job.”

 

2007 Film Festival Encore to the Students poster 2007

With some films equaling those seen at USC or NYU, Apple Computer, Mole-Richardson, Castex Rentals and Eastman Kodak sponsored the 2006 annual PCC Film Festival Saturday night, June17, 2006. The audience of over one hundred and thirty cine-philes were treated to a variety of PCC students films from beginning to advanced levels.

Creators of the top films in three categories (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced) received gift certificates from renown Hollywood lighting company Mole-Richardson. (See results below)

The festival also showcased the top entries in the film competition, L.A., Minute by Minute, which was part of the slate of activities held under the auspices of the semester's campus-wide theme, What Drives L.A.: Work. (See results below)

Winners of two categories enjoyed receiving gift certificates to the ArcLight cinemas in Hollywood, Apple's Final Cut Express editing software, gift certificates to Fry's Electronics and a $200 gift certificate to the famous Ivy restaurant in Beverly Hills.

The first-ever Community Spirit Award, sponsored by Penny Lane Records & Videos, was awarded to Tony Shek. The evening culminated with a reception for the filmmakers at the PCC Art Gallery where the audience's vote for Audience Favorite was announced. Congratulations to all the filmmakers, thanks to all the audience members, and a special thanks to our sponsors! We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

 

Advanced Students Swing Into ProductionAdvanced Students

The Advanced Filmmaking class, Photo 26C selected three projects to go into production this semester. The three students whose scripts were chosen were given their choice of crew position and they chose to be directors. The other students in the class are responsible for serving as producer, cinematographer, sound, gaffer/grip, or editor. Students will use the Panasonic DVX-100's 24p capability to bring their visions to life. They will edit and finish on Apple's Final Cut Pro 5 software.

Jonathan Sin Writer/Director: Stephanus Kim A teenager, mortally wounded, tries to fulfill his life wishes of love and revenge with the help of two bystanders in the last hours of his life. Invisible Sun Writer/Director: Tony Aguilar An angst-riddled vampire struggles over how to save his love, a woman dying of AIDS. Tyler’s Room Writer/Director: Trevor Heasley A four-year old boy’s belief in monsters allows for the ultimate revenge.Feel free to ask any of the Cinema Faculty or Cinema Tech Noah Nelson if you have any questions.

 

New Cameras for Advanced Students!Camera

Advanced Filmmaking PCC Students will now be able to create DV projects in professional 24p format! Besides the addition of a Sony PD150 DV camera (a favorite of documentary filmmakers) to the program, three new Panasonic DVX-100a cameras will give students the option of creating in 30i, 30p, or 24p!

The DVX-100a has quickly become the camera of choice among indie feature filmmakers. So impressive is this versatile camera, many members of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers own their own DVX-100a!

Feel free to ask any of the Cinema Faculty or Cinema Tech Noah Nelson if you have any questions.

 

New Cameras for Beginning and Intermediate Students!camera

Beginning Filmmaking and Intermediate Filmmaking PCC students will now have access to professional-quality JVC GY-X3 SVHS cameras. With professional quality 3 chip technology and professional external controls, instead of hard-to-find prosumer menus, PCC students now receive training on professional cameras and can produce professional level projects.

Feel free to ask any of the Cinema Faculty or Cinema Tech Noah Nelson if you have any questions.

 

New Editing Computers for Cinema Lab!

In the Cinema Lab, room E103, the eight old, green iMacs are being replaced by ten pristine white, brand, spankin' new G5 Flat-Screen iMacs which will run Mac OSX, iMovie 5, Final Cut Express, and someday perhaps Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro is currently taught in the ArtLab, room R420, as part of Photo 126, Digital Film Narrative.

 

PCC Cinema Students Take Reins of Professional Project!

Spring 2006 PCC Cinema grads Joey Liew and Evan Phan went to New Mexico this past summer to help with the cinematography on a professionally produced short film with Sundance aspirations. When the Director of Photography quit and the Director was fired, Evan found himself the new Director of Photography and Joey was promoted to Director to finish the shoot.

"We found ourselves using a lot of what we were taught in Photo 26c," said Joey. "Our training at PCC definitely prepared us to take advantage of the opportunity and then perform at a high level that impressed our superiors." The fledgling production company was so impressed that they signed Joey and Evan to exclusive contracts to work on more projects this year.

Joey recommends the PCC Cinema Program to any aspiring filmmaker – "It's like getting a USC cinema education, but at PCC prices. It's the best filmmaking educational value possible!"

 

Student Films Reach New Heights at 2006 PCC Film Festival!poster 2006

With some films equaling those seen at USC or NYU, Apple Computer, Mole-Richardson, Castex Rentals and Eastman Kodak sponsored the 2006 annual PCC Film Festival Saturday night, June17, 2006. The audience of over one hundred and thirty cine-philes were treated to a variety of PCC students films from beginning to advanced levels.

Creators of the top films in three categories (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced) received gift certificates from renown Hollywood lighting company Mole-Richardson. (See results below)

The festival also showcased the top entries in the film competition, L.A., Minute by Minute, which was part of the slate of activities held under the auspices of the semester's campus-wide theme, What Drives L.A.: Work. (See results below)

Winners of two categories enjoyed receiving gift certificates to the ArcLight cinemas in Hollywood, Apple's Final Cut Express editing software, gift certificates to Fry's Electronics and a $200 gift certificate to the famous Ivy restaurant in Beverly Hills.

The first-ever Community Spirit Award, sponsored by Penny Lane Records & Videos, was awarded to Tony Shek. The Community Spirit Award is awarded by the the Advanced Filmmaking students to the filmmaker who most exemplifies the ideals of helpfulness, encouragement to others, dependability and fostering a positive sense of community. Tony received a twenty five dollar gift certificate from Penny Lane in recognition of his outstanding work and professional conduct.

The evening culminated with a reception for the filmmakers at the PCC Art Gallery where the audience's vote for Audience Favorite was announced. Congratulations to all the filmmakers, thanks to all the audience members, and a special thanks to our sponsors! We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

 

Division Scholarship Winner Transfers To BerkeleyBerkeley Library

Spring of 2006 was the first year that Cinema students competed with all other Art students in the division–wide Visual Arts & Media Studies Annual Scholarship Competition. Cinema student Javier Lopez was awarded one of the coveted scholarships for his finely crafted, provocative documentaries, "Wasteland" and "Pervert: the Movie." Javier honed his editing skills in Photo 126, Digital Film Narrative, where students sharpen their filmmaking and editing abilities using Apple's Final Cut Pro 5 editing software. Javier was accepted for transfer to UC Berkeley and is using his scholarship money to further his education at the flagship school of the UC system.

 

Cinema Student Wins Statewide AwardMiguel

Miguel PCC Cinema student Miguel Nunez won a Merit Award in the statewide 2006 Media Arts Competition for his short film "Wicked Land." Shot in desert locations with virtually no dialog, the film examines a timely topic in our society today, border crossing. Miguel received a certificate and software prizes in a ceremony on March 23, 2006.

 

2005 PCC Film Festival results

Beginning Filmmaking 1st Place: "So I Woke Up Into This" by Anne Chan 2nd Place: "Addison Way" by Erik Llanes 3rd Place: "Timmy" by Nickolas Procopi

Intermediate Filmmaking 1st Place: "Wicked Land" by Miguel Nunez 2nd Place: "Intermission" by Therese Batclan 3rd Place: "Reflections" by Derek McClurg

Advanced Filmmaking 1st Place: "Face of the Enemy" by Joey Harris 2nd Place: "Are You Happy? The Story of Morgan Warren" by Raewyn Mundhenk 3rd Place: "Persephone" by Evan Phan Audience Favorite: "The Structure of Faith" by Miguel Nunez

 

2005 L.A. Works, (L.A., Minute by Minute) contest results

Documentary category
1st prize: "Then You'll Be a Star" by Trevor Heasley
2nd prize: "LA Works" by Akash Singh
3rd prize: "Kitty Litter" by Sierra Kendra

1st prize: "Michael's Day" by Matthew Goodwin
2nd prize: "Star" by Christopher Bogohsian
3rd prize: "Breaks" by Tony Shek